Last Chance to Redeem Qantas Points Before DevaluationThere are now just days before the major 2019 devaluation to Qantas Frequent Flyer reward and upgrade pricing takes effect.

After 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 September, Qantas will increase the number of points required for Classic Flight Reward and Oneworld Award bookings in Premium Economy, Business and First Class. This applies not only to flights on Qantas, but all partner airlines as well!

The number of points required for a Classic Upgrade Reward on Qantas will also increase by 9% from 18 September. This increase applies to upgrades requested on or after 18 September, so you can still request your upgrade now and secure the lower price – even if you’re travelling after 18 September.

It’s not entirely bad news, though. From 18 September, Qantas will slightly decrease the carrier charges payable on premium cabin Qantas award flights. We also expect to see KLM, Air France and Bangkok Airways award flights come online soon. You’ll soon be able to redeem Qantas points on KLM’s Singapore-Amsterdam route, Air France’s Singapore-Paris and Hong Kong-Paris routes, and selected Bangkok Airways codeshare services within south-east Asia.

If you’ve been thinking about redeeming your Qantas points before the devaluation, now really is your last chance. Do not wait until the evening of 17 September to make your booking! It can take some time for Qantas to ticket award bookings, and if you’re booking something complicated such as a Oneworld Award (or anything else that can’t be booked on the Qantas website), and need to call up, there could be an extremely long wait to get through to the Qantas call centre on Tuesday evening.

Here are some resources to help you prepare for the upcoming Qantas Frequent Flyer changes:

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Qantas FF announcement 20 June – “biggest overhaul” in program history


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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